Arts Centre Melbourne and The SUBSTATION present

Dragon Ladies Don't Weep

Featuring Margaret Leng Tan in a co-production
by Chamber Made and CultureLink Singapore
World Premiere
Music  ·  Singapore / Australia / Japan

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Performance dates & times
Friday 28 Feb
7:30 PM

Running Time
Makino Takashi & Lawrence English, 25 minutes

Dragon Ladies Don’t Weep, 60 minutes

Price range
Buy tickets to 3 or more eligible Asia TOPA shows in the same transaction and receive 15% off all Adult Tickets.

To book events as part of a 3+ package, please call our box office on 1300 182 183
See a full listing of eligible shows.
Standard
$39
Concession
$29

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A work that sweeps across the senses, Dragon Ladies Don’t Weep is new music icon Margaret Leng Tan’s exploration of memory, time, control and loss.

A work that sweeps across the senses, Dragon Ladies Don’t Weep is a sonic portrait of new music icon Margaret Leng Tan – an evocative exploration of memory, time, control and loss.

New York-based Singaporean Tan forged a path as a major force within the American avant-garde, serving as muse for such giants as John Cage and George Crumb, and transforming the toy piano into a serious instrument. Her stellar career is a touchstone for the past 40 years of experimental musical innovation.

Dragon Ladies Don’t Weep combines spoken and recorded text, projected images and original music for prepared piano, toy piano, toys and percussion by Tan’s long-term collaborator Erik Griswold.

Created by a team of Singaporean and Australian artists, including director Tamara Saulwick, video designer Nick Roux, and dramaturg Kok Heng Leun and performed by Tan, this cross-cultural collaboration is an evocative collage of the forces that have shaped Tan’s life and how music has been both her passion and her refuge.

Opening the evening is the world premiere of an international collaboration between Japanese filmmaker Makino Takashi and Australian composer Lawrence English.

Dragon Ladies Don't Weep is part of the SUBSONIC program curated for Asia TOPA by The SUBSTATION.

Notes

3+ Show Discount
Buy tickets to 3 or more eligible Asia TOPA shows in the same transaction and receive 15% off all Adult Tickets.
To book events as part of a 3+ package, please call our box office on 1300 182 183
See a full listing of eligible shows.

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair access
  • Assistive hearing
  • Companion Card
Image by: Pier Carthew

Dragon Ladies Don’t Weep is a Chamber Made and CultureLink Singapore co-production and is co-commissioned by Asia TOPA and Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay. This activity received grant funding from the Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and is supported by Creative Victoria, Australia Council for the Arts, National Arts Council (Singapore), The SUBSTATION, Playking Foundation, Asia TOPA, Sidney Myer Fund and the Robert Salzer Foundation.
Supported By
  • The Substation
  • The Robert Salzer Foundation
  • Playking Foundation
  • Culture Link Singapore
  • Creative Victoria
  • City of Melbourne Logo
  • Chamber Made
  • Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts
  • Esplanade Theatres on the Bay Singapore
  • National Arts Council

Cast & Credits

Credits

Musician/performer
Margaret Leng Tan
Composer
Erik Griswold
Director
Tamara Saulwick
Dramaturg
Kok Heng Leun
Video artist
Nick Roux
Lighting designer
Andy Lim
Costume designer
Yuan Zhiying
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